An Apex man was not driving his car, but police charged him with being impaired anyway because his 12-year-old son was behind the wheel Wednesday night.
Michael Allen Grady Jr., 40, of 502 Homestead Park Drive was charged with two traffic offenses and misdemeanor child abuse after the 2000 Dodge was involved in an accident about 9:30 p.m., according to citations and an arrest warrant.
“At 9:30 at night, he decided to give his son driving lessons,” Capt. Ann Stephens said.
The youth apparently stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, and the car went across the street and into a neighbor’s yard and hit a car, doing about $9,000 in damage.
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Police also charged Grady with allowing an unlicensed driver to operate his vehicle and under a section of law that makes it an offense to impaired while acting as a supervising driver for someone with a learner’s permit.
A 12-year-old cannot get a permit, however.
Grady was freed after posting a $1,500 bond.